Israel’s transportation minister has threatened to withdraw funding for a Tel Aviv bicycle rental project if it allows the bicycles to be used on Yom Kippur.
Israel Katz said that the operating of the Tel-O-Fun project on Yom Kippur “is crossing a red line and breaking all the norms … harming the holiest day of the Jewish people.”
While most Jews in Israel do not drive on Yom Kippur, many take advantage of the empty roads to ride their bikes freely.
The program did not operate last year on Yom Kippur. Under this year’s holiday plan, bicycles are to be rented before the start of the holiday and returned afterward without an extra fee, to avoid monetary transactions on the holiday. — jta